Feels much smaller to me, thus far. All in all, there's not that much happening, comparatively speaking.
It's so nice of Mr. Bin Laden to finally come out and admit his guilt for 9.11. Does this mean everyone can stop whining about "where's the prooooof?" now?posted by aaron at 11:54 AM on October 7, 2001
I must be confused. Which mass murder of 6,500 civilians in the Islamic world have we been ignoring? (No, war doesn't count.)posted by aaron at 12:08 PM on October 7, 2001
Oh, blow it, rebecca. They're not "unimportant," and I never said they were. However, the reality is, and shall continue to be, that while we go out of our way to try to minimize (and completely eliminate, where possible) any civilian casualities, and are combining these military moves with major humanitarian actions, they are killing civilians for no other reason than to kill civilians and sow terror and fear. We are right, they are wrong, end of story.
Your moral relativism is becoming truly frightening, and sickening.posted by aaron at 12:38 PM on October 7, 2001
BZZZZT, bullshit alert! It has been proven that the humanitarian aid sent to Iraq was taken be Saddam and stored in warehouses, instead of being given to needy Iraqi citizens. It has been proven that Saddam has amassed a personal wealth of over $6 BILLION by siphoning off the government's and the citizens' money. The suffering of Iraqi citizens is due to Saddam Hussein, nobody else.
Rebecca, put whatever words into my mouth you want. I'll just end by paraphrasing Christopher Hitchens: It no longer matters what your side thinks. You can try to rationalize the terrorists' actions however you want; the civilized world is going to respond appropriately, regardless.posted by aaron at 12:54 PM on October 7, 2001
By the way, I'll admit the whole Sudan thing was questionable at best. However, that act was committed by a previous Administration. The United States has a different government now; to use it as an excuse for an attack in 2001 is specious.
Or hey, how about the hundereds of Palestenians killed by U.S. weapons that are provided as aid to Israel.
The Taliban have lots of old Soviet weapons. Why aren't we, or Israel, bombing Russia?
The thousands of Afghan nationals killed by the Taleban probably have a bone to pick with the U.S. as it was America that set the Taliban up as a force in the first place.
False. It was Pakistan. And even if it was our fault, well then, in that case it is absolutely our moral obligation to get rid of the Taliban and restore a legitimate, peaceful government to Afghanistan. Which is what we just started doing a few hours ago. Do you have a problem with that?posted by aaron at 1:01 PM on October 7, 2001
Funny, I don't remember him as being so blatantly politically one-sided in his writings before. It's just TV, after all.posted by aaron at 10:40 PM on October 7, 2001
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